We serve two types of clients. Our first and primary responsibility lies with helping residents and their families find appropriate Alternative Options for senior housing or in-home care.
Our second role is helping Long Term Care Communities to fill their vacant apartments. We partner with Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Adult Family Homes. Keeping communities full with residents can be challenging for many providers.
What happens when . . .
Life has a way of happening at the worst time. When we visit our loved one during the holidays, we may realize that they actually need more help than they have led us to believe. During these visits, we see their living conditions first hand and become aware of their risks of falling and other safety issues. Are they forgetting to take medications on time, are there missed or unpaid bills, inability to get around the home safely, poor driving skills, loneliness, poor nutrition, or difficulty taking care of basic household chores?
It is important to realize that these are clear signs of actual care needs and to take action before it is too late. Finding an Alternative Option for care can be a daunting process. We have already done much of the research to know what is available and where it is located.
Various emotions are very normal during these times. Alternative Options offers experience and compassion to help you navigate such difficult times.
It is very important to us that we match your loved one with the right facility or community.
Alternative Options does not show communities that have violations for abuse, neglect or violating resident’s rights.
- The community MUST be licensed & show proof of that licensing. We will keep a copy on file.
- The Community MUST have NO citations. We check the DSHS web site frequently & before any placements.
- The Community must have the required Certifications to provide care. Example, Dementia, Mental Health or Developmental Disabilities Certificates are required prior to admiting any resident with the primary diagnosis of any of the three.
- The communnity must also have First Aid/CPR certification, Nurse Delegation certification, and Food Handlers permit as well.
- It is preferred that the Commuinity also be a member of the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) or the Adult Family Home Association (AFHC).
- We personally will visit each community annually or more often if needed.
Our Five Step Process
Included in your initial contact with us, we will discuss several subjects, including what care is needed, the resident’s medical history & physical condition, list of medications, diagnosis, financial status, social/cultural needs, preferences for area of town, type of Long Term Care setting i.e. Independent Living, Assisted Living or Adult Family Home.
It is very important that you only use ONE placement service at a time when searching for an Alternative Option for your loved one. This helps avoid issues between placement services and the community you choose.
The evaluation is needed to give the provider a general idea of the level of care required to properly meet your needs.
The financial information helps us understand if you will be paying privately or using Medicaid. You may be eligible for additional outside income sources such as; Long Term Care Insurance, Retirement Plans, Pensions, 401k or IRA plans, real estate, Veterans Disability Pensions, VA Aids & Attendance.
It’s the receiving community that covers the cost associated with our service. Our contract is one of the fairest in the industry.
As we start looking for the best matched communities, we will make all of the necessary arrangements and set a date and time to tour them.
Once you decide on a particular Community, a Qualified Assessor is contacted (if needed) & the Medical Assessment will be done to determine the Level of Care and cost.
The Community will have you pick out an apartment and sign a contract. At that point, you should have full access to start moving in your loved ones’ furnishings.
Alternative Options offers assistance MOVING in the needed items to the new community, FREE of CHARGE.
Alternative Options is always available for any follow up questions or consultation. After the move we will call the resident and/or the family to verify that everything went as smoothly as possible.
Who We Serve
In-home care also known as Home Care, Home Health Agencies and private duty home care.
Independent Living is an apartment complex designed exclusively for seniors aged 55 and over.
In Assisted Living Communities, the resident usually needs some level of care. Assisted Living Facilities provide companionship and varying degrees of assistance their Activities of Daily Living.
CCRC’s are not Independent Living Communities, Assisted Living Communities, or Nursing Homes. Continuing Care Communities are a combination of all of these care options.
Memory Care is a term that refers to a specialized type of care provided by some communities. Sometimes they are referred to as a, “Secure Community” because the outside doors are locked at all times. Memory Care Communities are often incorporated as a separate area of an Assisted Living Community.
Adult Family Homes in Washington, provide professional care for the resident in a residential home like setting.
It is very important to us that we match your loved one to the right facility community.